Category Archives: PoLAR

Divided by Democracy? Reflections on the Turkish Referendum

By Bilge Firat. “In democratic states, no single man can shape social life according to his thinking. The new era of restoration will help our society to make peace with itself, to stand on its own intellectual formation, cultural values…”

Divided by Democracy? Reflections on the Turkish Referendum

By Bilge Firat. “In democratic states, no single man can shape social life according to his thinking. The new era of restoration will help our society to make peace with itself, to stand on its own intellectual formation, cultural values…”

The Seals of the Constitutional Referendum in Turkey

By Serra Hakyemez. On April 16, 2017 at around 5pm, an hour before voting for Turkey’s landmark constitutional referendum was completed, the eleven member Supreme Board of Elections (YSK) decided that ballot envelopes lacking YSK’s…

The Seals of the Constitutional Referendum in Turkey

By Serra Hakyemez. On April 16, 2017 at around 5pm, an hour before voting for Turkey’s landmark constitutional referendum was completed, the eleven member Supreme Board of Elections (YSK) decided that ballot envelopes lacking YSK’s…

On the Freedom of Bodies: A Short History of Liberty

By Valeria Verdolini. My dear friend Gabriele del Grande, journalist, documentarian, and war correspondent was stopped by Turkish authorities in Hatay Province in Southern Turkey on April, 9th 2017. He was there doing research for his new…

On the Freedom of Bodies: A Short History of Liberty

By Valeria Verdolini. My dear friend Gabriele del Grande, journalist, documentarian, and war correspondent was stopped by Turkish authorities in Hatay Province in Southern Turkey on April, 9th 2017. He was there doing research for his new…

#freegabriele, right now!

By Francesco Vacchiano. Gabriele Del Grande is an Italian activist, free-lance journalist and writer who has published extensively on migration and borders in the Mediterranean. He is the author of the blog Fortress Europe, the first independent initiative aimed at documenting…

#freegabriele, right now!

By Francesco Vacchiano. Gabriele Del Grande is an Italian activist, free-lance journalist and writer who has published extensively on migration and borders in the Mediterranean. He is the author of the blog Fortress Europe, the first independent initiative aimed at documenting…

Emergency for Turkish Democracy

By Heath Cabot. In response to Turkey’s constitutional referendum on April 16, 2017, which replaces the parliamentary system with an executive presidency, PoLAR and APLA commissioned a series of responses from scholars and activists focused on democracy…

Emergency for Turkish Democracy

By Heath Cabot. In response to Turkey’s constitutional referendum on April 16, 2017, which replaces the parliamentary system with an executive presidency, PoLAR and APLA commissioned a series of responses from scholars and activists focused on democracy…

PoLAR Call for Symposia

The editors of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review invite proposals for symposia to be considered for the Fall 2018 issue and beyond. We are seeking short collections of articles that extend or innovate on emerging and contemporary debates in the sub-fields of political and legal…

PoLAR Call for Symposia

The editors of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review invite proposals for symposia to be considered for the Fall 2018 issue and beyond. We are seeking short collections of articles that extend or innovate on emerging and contemporary debates in the sub-fields of political and legal…

New PoLAR Virtual Edition on Immigration!

A new PoLAR virtual edition entitled “Immigration” has been compiled, with free online access to all articles until June. The new edition collects classic PoLAR articles that complement the APLA series, Speaking Truth to Justice: APLA/PoLAR Respond to the Trump Executive…

New PoLAR Virtual Edition on Immigration!

A new PoLAR virtual edition entitled “Immigration” has been compiled, with free online access to all articles until June. The new edition collects classic PoLAR articles that complement the APLA series, Speaking Truth to Justice: APLA/PoLAR Respond to the Trump Executive…

When There Is No Solid Ground

By Sharika Thiranagama. On a Saturday evening at San Francisco airport, I was chanting with others gathered there “Let Them Out” and “Let the Lawyers In,” a demand for those detained under President Trump’s Executive Order at the Customs and Border Protection…

When There Is No Solid Ground

By Sharika Thiranagama. On a Saturday evening at San Francisco airport, I was chanting with others gathered there “Let Them Out” and “Let the Lawyers In,” a demand for those detained under President Trump’s Executive Order at the Customs and Border Protection…

Make America Israel Again: Targeting Empathy at the Border

By Nikolas Kosmatopoulos. I found refuge—and resistance—in the feminist and subversive poetry of Qabbani while being “screened” by Border Police and Homeland Security agents at Newark Airport only a few hours after my arrival from Beirut…

Make America Israel Again: Targeting Empathy at the Border

By Nikolas Kosmatopoulos. I found refuge—and resistance—in the feminist and subversive poetry of Qabbani while being “screened” by Border Police and Homeland Security agents at Newark Airport only a few hours after my arrival from Beirut…

“Home” Does Not Equal “Citizenship”

By Sara Shneiderman. Where is home? For any of us? What does it mean to belong?

Since the executive order on immigration was signed, I’ve been haunted by a photograph taken by my great uncle David Seymour “Chim” in a Warsaw orphanage in 1948…

“Home” Does Not Equal “Citizenship”

By Sara Shneiderman. Where is home? For any of us? What does it mean to belong?

Since the executive order on immigration was signed, I’ve been haunted by a photograph taken by my great uncle David Seymour “Chim” in a Warsaw orphanage in 1948…

Chaos and Fear in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Orders

By Anne Knight. I am a corporate lawyer in New York with experience working pro bono on asylum cases and refugee issues. When the Executive Order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily suspending…

Chaos and Fear in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Orders

By Anne Knight. I am a corporate lawyer in New York with experience working pro bono on asylum cases and refugee issues. When the Executive Order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily suspending…

Versions of Humanity: Introduction to Part 3

By Catherine Besteman. Last Thursday I experienced first hand the U.S.’s vast ideological divide. In the afternoon, I gave an author talk to a book club based at a local university who had read my book about Somali refugees in Maine. In the evening I attended a talk…

Versions of Humanity: Introduction to Part 3

By Catherine Besteman. Last Thursday I experienced first hand the U.S.’s vast ideological divide. In the afternoon, I gave an author talk to a book club based at a local university who had read my book about Somali refugees in Maine. In the evening I attended a talk…

A Few Snapshots of The U.S. Borders

By Shahram Khosravi. In May 2013, I arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport, on my way to a workshop in Irvine. It was early, around 4 am. The border control officer was weary but not too sleepy to let me pass through just like others, many of them Swedish passport holders…

A Few Snapshots of The U.S. Borders

By Shahram Khosravi. In May 2013, I arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport, on my way to a workshop in Irvine. It was early, around 4 am. The border control officer was weary but not too sleepy to let me pass through just like others, many of them Swedish passport holders…

The Dangers of Exceptionalism

By Nisrin Elamin. I was one of over 100 people detained at U.S. airports in late January, under President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the country. I was doing dissertation research in Sudan…

The Dangers of Exceptionalism

By Nisrin Elamin. I was one of over 100 people detained at U.S. airports in late January, under President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the country. I was doing dissertation research in Sudan…

A Distorted Image of Immigrants

By Susan Bibler Coutin. The three immigration-related executive orders that the Trump administration issued during its first two weeks in office present a distorted image of immigrants as criminals, terrorists, and dangerous. While this is not surprising, given Trump’s…

A Distorted Image of Immigrants

By Susan Bibler Coutin. The three immigration-related executive orders that the Trump administration issued during its first two weeks in office present a distorted image of immigrants as criminals, terrorists, and dangerous. While this is not surprising, given Trump’s…

Trumps, Pirates, Refugees and Terrorists

By Sébastien Bachelet. A “Muslim-majority” country, Morocco – a place not (yet) on Trump’s travel ban, was allegedly the first country to recognize the United States of America in the late 1770s. Much has changed since George Washington wrote to Muhammed Ibn Abdullah…

Trumps, Pirates, Refugees and Terrorists

By Sébastien Bachelet. A “Muslim-majority” country, Morocco – a place not (yet) on Trump’s travel ban, was allegedly the first country to recognize the United States of America in the late 1770s. Much has changed since George Washington wrote to Muhammed Ibn Abdullah…